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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Shoe Obsession


Dolly shoes: so cute, so costly!

When I started collecting Blythes, I planned to make most of their clothes myself...but I didn't think about the shoes, until my first girl came wearing a pair of black boots that simply did not go with everything. She needed more shoes. I actually tried to make shoes out of felt, without success...I can make bedroom slippers out of felt, but not regular shoes (although I have seen at least one talented person make shoes from felt on Etsy, I just wasn't/am not ready to invest the time and effort into figuring that out.) So, I had to start buying shoes. I found them on eBay, Blythe Kingdom, Etsy, and Facebook groups, and I have gradually amassed quite a nice collection of tiny footwear. With the average price around $20 a pair, if I see any that I like that are less than that, I snap them right up!



This is Simply Peppermint with a small sample of our doll shoe collection.



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Blythe Con Brooklyn Donation


A few months ago I was contacted by a member of the BlytheCon Brooklyn organizing team, asking if I could make a donation for a raffle prize. I was happy to say "yes", and today I am even happier to say that I have finally finished my donation! This is my new girl Jill (Home Sweet Home) modeling the outfit I will be sending to the Con. 

The pink dress fabric is one of several that was designed especially for this Con's theme of "The 1980's". It features scattered cassette tapes (hey, I remember those!) in different sizes. This four-piece set includes a sleeveless dress, a hairbow made from the same fabrics as the dress, a short-sleeved wool sweater, and a wool felt shoulder bag with a cassette tape on the front, also made from felt. 







In addition to the dress set, I will also be donating one of my new Blythe Happy calendars for 2018. It's hot off the press! I had it made at Snapfish, and it looks really good.



BlytheCon Brooklyn will take place on October 22, 2017. I hope to be there!



Saturday, August 19, 2017

Meet Jill

Introducing my pretty new Blythe doll, Home Sweet Home! She will go by the name Jill.

I normally prefer the fantasy-haired girls, but I just love Jill's soft coloring, translucent skin, and her pink and blue outfit. I was pleasantly surprised to find the two paper extras that came with her: the adorable Blythe-in-a-box that is her mini-me, and the sweet little shopping bag from the store Junie Moon. Both of these items had to be assembled. The doll box was simple to fold together, but the shopping bag required glue and I had to supply the handles; luckily, I have a huge selection of ribbon in my sewing room so it was easy to find some that matched. I also added my own tissue paper to the bag to make it look like Jill just came home from a shopping trip.

I've had her for a couple of weeks, but I haven't posted her picture until now because her hair required FIVE washes to get the grease out! This is the most work I've had to put into a doll to make her presentable right out of the box, and she could probably still use another shampoo. That's her only drawback--if you are thinking of getting her, be prepared to wash, wash, wash her hair!






Thursday, August 17, 2017

What's Cookin'?



Nothing says lovin' like something from the oven.


This is Prima Dolly Peony. 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

You Deserve a Break Today



Marina's personal motto is "A burger a day keeps the doctor away," and she's never been sick a day in her life.




Ooh! McDonalds!



Playful Raindrops


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It's Soup!


Babysitting is fun when the children are well behaved and wait patiently for their dinner. Bree calls them to the table, saying, "It's almost ready, boys! This soup is going to be 'M'm M'm good!'"



 This is Middie Blythe Lena Elena. The boys are Sonny Angels.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Let's Build Something Together


After working on their model of Tower Bridge for three hours, Jubilee and Tillie had only managed to assemble the little bus. They both began thinking that it was time to find a new hobby. 





Look at how tiny this bus is! All the pieces of this model are made from perforated paper. You are supposed to punch them out, fold tiny flaps, and glue them together with the tiniest dabs of glue. The picture of the model on the box looks awesome, but I have absolutely no motivation to go any further now that I have finished the bus! 





Sunday, August 13, 2017

Life is But a Dream



Faith had walked this path to her grandmother's house many times, but today it seemed different--like a scene from a fairy tale. Everything was so colorful! The mushrooms were taller than she was! The forest creatures  were without fear, and the bunnies seemed to welcome her.  "Oh, I know--I must be dreaming!" she said to herself. And she was. 



Faith is Pow Wow Poncho


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Friendship


Jubilee and Heather like to pretend they are old enough to drink, but it's really just grape juice in those wine glasses. 



Simply Thumpty Thump and Prima Dolly Violet.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Buckle Up


You could learn a lot from a dolly. Buckle up!


Cousin Olivia and Ice Rune


Thursday, August 10, 2017

What Happens Here Stays Here



The best thing about being with your BFF is knowing that whatever happens stays here. Even if you're just doing crafts together. 



This is for the theme "What Happens Here Stays Here" in the Blythe a Day group on Flickr. These BFF's do look alike, but they are two different releases: the girl on the left is Stella Savannah, and the girl on the right is Coco Collette.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

No More Tears


Joy doesn't cry about the high cost of shampoo now that she buys it in the economy-size five gallon bottle. 



This is My Melody.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Quicker Picker Upper


Cooking with an ostrich egg from a nearby farm seemed like a fun idea...until the egg rolled off the table. Luckily, Alice had plenty of paper towels on hand to clean up the mess. 



Alice is Simply Sparkly Spark


Monday, August 7, 2017

The Happiest Place on Earth


We each have our own happy place. Here's mine: my dolly space. When we first moved into this house, before I knew about Blythe, this was the dining room. During the past five years, since I've been collecting Blythe, it has gradually morphed into my doll photography space. You can see that Precocious Candy's Mushroom is still set up, on the far left, from yesterday's photo shoot--that spot is where I take most of my indoor doll pictures (with the help of two photographer's lights, with big white umbrellas, that I moved out of the way for this picture). My computer is on the other side of the room, so it's easy to take pictures and immediately look at them on the computer...often I see some little detail that needs to be changed (stray hairs, pull string showing, etc.), so I can retake the picture right away and then edit to produce the final product.

All my stock Neos are in this shot (54!), plus most of my Middies. Many of these girls will go back into the glass Ikea cabinet in my sewing room tomorrow to give me a little more space to work in here.








After taking the photos above, editing them and setting up this post, I heard some tiny voices chanting "We demand a recount!" I had forgotten to include two boxed girls,  Middie Bubbly Bliss, and Neo Dauphine Dream. Then I noticed poor Petit Dejeuner sitting alone on a shelf...I had overlooked her for the group photos! I hope she can forgive me. And then today, the mailman brought Home Sweet Home to my house, yippee!! Clearly, I needed to take one more photo to round up all the stragglers, including one more Middie (Puchippu Chappu Pepa) and my two Petites (Ivanka and Connie Corneille). Total Neos: 57. Total Middies: 8. Total Petites: 2. But those numbers could go up at any moment.




Sunday, August 6, 2017

American by Birth, Rebel by Choice




All-American girl on the outside, rebel on the inside. 


This is Charlotte, my Precocious Candy's Mushroom Blythe doll. 


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Think Small


Polly says: "Small is the new big!"


She is Petite Blythe Ivanka Corneille.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Just Do It


When there's an unpleasant household task to tackle, London takes a deep breath and tells herself, "Just do it!"



Prima Dolly London is the girl in charge of the bathroom this week. 


Thursday, August 3, 2017

When it Rains, It Pours


Marina is trying out for a Morton Salt commercial to be aired on prime time TV. She has a good shot at getting the part...she looks just like the girl on the label. 



If you are not familiar with Morton Salt, here's the picture on their label:


My Playful Raindrops (how appropriate!) was the perfect girl for this picture, because of her short yellow hair. This picture is for the theme "When it rains, it pours" in the Blythe a Day group on Flickr.

 I was having a hard time thinking of what to do for this theme, until I noticed the picture on the label. I thought, I have a yellow dress...and yellow shoes...and an umbrella...and a yellow-haired doll! I also have a piece of dark blue silk that I used for the background. I actually sewed lines of thread onto the silk for the rain, and the pouring salt is a piece of tulle. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Double the Fun


Waverly and Daphne know how lucky they are to have each other, because everything is double the fun with a twin.



They are my Candy Carnival Blythe dolls.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Don't Leave Home Without It



Penny never leaves home without her camera, because she doesn't want to miss the chance to take an amazing photograph. 




Here's the picture she took that day:

These dolls are Cinema Princess (left); Middie Blythe Lena Elena; and Cloud 9 Bowl (right).

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Check the Forecast



As soon as she walked outside, Jane regretted her decision to wear a dress on a windy day.


Jane is my Kenner Blythe doll.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Love the Beach


Gidget spends every possible minute at the beach, because she knows summer won't last forever.



Cherry Beach Sunset


Friday, July 21, 2017

Hello, Sunshine!


I didn't get the new Blythe doll, Pineapple Princess, because she is very similar to Cherry Beach Sunset, which I do have. But in the past few days, so many people on Facebook have been posting pictures of their new Pineapple Princess that it makes me wish I'd grabbed her when the pre-orders were open! Rather than obsess about what I don't have, though, I've decided to focus on what I DO have: my pretty Cherry Beach Sunset, Gidget. 






Monday, July 17, 2017

Beauty


Everyone is beautiful. 




This is my beautiful UFO A Go Go Blythe doll. I love this dress on her, and I just found out it is a Skipper dress from the 70's. When I bought my Kenner, the seller also sent this dress (and several others).


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Picnic Time


Our favorite kind of weather is picnic weather!


Cousin Olivia, Ice Rune, and Nellie Nibbles get ready for their picnic. This is one of those pictures where the placement of the dolls, plus the camera angle, resulted in the girl in the back looking much smaller than the same-sized girl in the front. 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cecilia Said Red


When she was asked her favorite color, it came as no surprise that Cecilia said, "Red".



Cecilia is my Cinema Princess Blythe doll. I've twisted her hair up onto the back of her head (and held it in place with many hair clips). She is wearing the stock dress from Love Mission. 


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Pictures in the Clouds



When they had eaten all the picnic food they could manage, the girls relaxed on the quilt and looked for pictures in the clouds. 


These Blythes are Lady Camellia (Neo), Cool Pool Lemonade (Middie), and a Littlest Pet Shop Blythe doll. 


Monday, July 10, 2017

Happy Birthday!


I've made quite a few birthday photos since I started photographing Blythe. I like to post them on my friends' Facebook pages on their birthday, and I don't want to use the same picture all the time! Today's theme in the Blythe a Day group on Flickr is, indeed, Happy Birthday, because it is the birthday of the group's host. Happy birthday, Penelope!




This is Paisley, my Mandy Cotton Candy Blythe doll.





Saturday, July 8, 2017

Blythe Rainbow


For quite some time, I've wanted to redo this picture of a line of rainbow-hued Blythes. I use this picture not only here on my blog, but also as the header for my Etsy shop and on my business cards. When the theme "rainbow" appeared in the Blythe a Day group on flickr this month, I knew the time had come to finally do it!

The picture below may look similar to the one at the top of my blog, but there are two main differences: all the dolls in this new picture are completely stock (because I realized that I prefer the stock Blythes, and that is now the focus of my collection), and their outfits and stands better reflect the rainbow theme. Also, I have become a better photographer and photo editor since the first picture! This new one is brighter and just overall BETTER than the first! I took care to arrange their hair,  arms and legs, and to line them up more carefully than I did the first time. I've come to see how important little details are, like making sure their hair is out of their face, and they are looking at the camera.

My Blythe collection has grown quite a bit since I took the first picture, so I was able to use a different doll for every color...except orange. Cloud 9 Bowl is so perfect for that little slice of the rainbow that she had to make a repeat appearance.

Here are their stock names, from left to right:

Cinema Princess
Cloud 9 Bowl
Mrs. Retro Mama
Prima Dolly Amaryllis
Simply Sparkly Spark
Curly Blue Babe
Prima Dolly Violet






Friday, July 7, 2017

True Love


It's okay for a girl to indulge in her love of chocolate once in a while, isn't it? 



This is Charlotte de Fleurs. I call her Fleur (because I already had a girl named Charlotte--my Precocious Candy's Mushroom--when I got her.)



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sheep!


When the girls heard that today is Dolly Day (marking the birth of Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal successfully cloned from an adult somatic cell), they all rushed to their closets to find something appropriate to wear.


 
Calliope (Can Can Cat), London (Prima Dolly London), and Promise (Little Milk Heart).


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue




Happy Independence Day, America!


Daphne (Candy Carnival), Charlotte (Precocious Candy's Mushroom), and Waverly (also Candy Carnival) show their patriotic side. I think I need to get a white-haired girl for next year's photo!



Friday, June 30, 2017

Constantly Reading



Grace is a chain reader. After finishing the last page and closing the book, she has only one thought: "Which one shall I read now?"



Grace is my Petit Dejeuner Champs Elysees Blythe doll.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Free Cupcakes



Free cupcakes on opening day attracted a huge crowd to Tessa's cake shop.


Tessa is my Prima Dolly Peony Blythe doll. The little dolls are Sonny Angels. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Smile!



Put a smile on your face, 
make the world a better place!


I heard Vitamin C's song "Smile" recently, and it made me wonder how I could put a big smile on a Blythe's face. My first attempt was a little creepy: I printed out a smiling mouth from the internet and taped it over Anna Sui's mouth. That picture was weird. I thought about it some more today and decided a little smiling friend in front of her would be better. His smile isn't huge, but it is sincere. 


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Surprise!


They know each other too well.


These girls are Candy Carnival Blythe dolls. Their elephants were recently the toys in McDonald's Happy Meals. 



Friday, June 23, 2017

Ethereal Beauty


This is Maisy, my Spright Beauty. She is the most unique Blythe in my collection. Some of my other dolls have pink hair, or translucent skin, or pale coloring...but none of them have PINK EYELASHES! That's what I love the most about her! I also love that she came with stock sleep eyes.  






Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Waiting


When she's expecting a new doll to be delivered, the only thing Emiko wants to do is watch for the postman. 


This is Lady Camellia, with about half of our Lala Loopsy minis collection.



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happiness Is...


Happiness is a soft kitty and a big pile of unread books.



This is My Little Candy (she just goes by "Candy" around here). She is harder to photograph than most of my girls, because her hair is such a pale pink that the color usually looks washed out. I thought I would try surrounding her with pink things for this photo, and it seems to work. I like this one better than most of her pictures. 



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hello Yellow (and Blonde)


As I continue to photograph my Blythe collection arranged by hair color, I've now come to the yellow/blonde-haired girls. Aren't they pretty?

Cousin Olivia and Playful Raindrops have hair that is almost exactly the same color (PR's is just the tiniest bit darker under certain light). Ice Rune's hair is slightly more orange than theirs. I had a hard time deciding where Mrs. Retro Mama fit into this lineup! Her super-bright yellow hair really makes her stand out. 

From my sewing room, a small voice can be heard: "Hey! I have blonde hair too!!!" That would be the gorgeous Dauphine Dream, who still resides in her box. I didn't have the time or the energy to release her before taking this picture. Soon, though...I plan to take her with me to Colonial Williamsburg in August, when I meet up with another Blythe collector there. DD's stock dress will fit perfectly into the time period of that restored historical area.

Here are their stock names, from left to right:

I Love You It's True
Kenner
Cousin Olivia
Playful Raindrops
Ice Rune
Prima Dolly Marigold
Mrs. Retro Mama